Trauma & PTSD

Emotional Trauma

A person may be left feeling emotionally traumatised for a variety of different reasons. They may have witnessed a disturbing situation, suffered a bereavement, experienced a major loss in their life, or may have had something upsetting said or done to them.

Most of the time when we have been shocked or upset, over time this can fade and may not cause us any real problems. But occasionally, especially if the trauma happened when we were very young, it can leave us with some very long lasting and unpleasant after effects, such as fear, anger or guilt.

A person can experience long term problems especially when they are trying to resolve conflicting, or opposing emotions. Our mind has an amazing capacity to cope with the most disturbing of experiences, but when we have conflicting feelings or beliefs, such as love/hate, anger/guilt, or wanting to get well/not wanting to get well, it has great difficulty in processing them properly. Our subconscious mind only seems to be able to process and store one type of emotion or belief at a time.

This is often how the emotional blocks in the system are formed, and this is why the techniques I use are so dramatically effective. By unpicking and accepting each emotion, the mind is freed to store or file them efficiently and easily.

Anger and rage, are very commonly associated with trauma, and continuing to hold on to anger and resentment can be very destructive to both the mind and the body, in addition to causing problematic behaviour, or difficulties in our relationships with others.

Long term anger and resentment have often been linked with illnesses such as cancer. It can even be habit-forming and sometimes can be difficult to let go of, especially if you feel that your anger is justified.

Fear can sometimes be difficult to let go of too, especially as part of you might feel that it actually helps in keeping you safe.

I can assist you to move forward, away from being stuck in troublesome patterns of behaviour, yet still enabling you to feel safe at the same time.

By allowing me to assist you in melting away the emotional blocks, which are causing you problems, you will find that life becomes so much easier, both for yourself and in your relationships with others.

Physical Trauma

A person may suffer physical trauma following an accident, injury, surgery, or following a physical assault.
Again, most of the time our bodies heal remarkably well and we are left with relatively no ill effects. But occasionally we can experience a situation where a wound just won’t heal, or a bone just will not mend.

Or perhaps, the wounds have healed, yet the pain still remains. This is very common, particularly with amputations, and is often referred to as 'phantom pain', but it is still very real to the person who is suffering with it!

In these types of situations it is possible that there is an emotional reason preventing the body from healing properly. It is likely that your physical condition refuses to respond to more conventional treatments, because the root emotional cause is not being addressed.

This is where I can help. By releasing these emotional blocks, your body is able to heal itself naturally.

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Post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD

PTSD is a medical diagnosis given to patients who meet certain criteria.

You do not need to have been officially diagnosed with PTSD for me to treat you, as many people can be left ‘traumatised’ without necessarily meeting the medical criteria.

The following definition is taken from the website, and is subject to Crown Copyright. It is interesting to note that there is no mention of physical symptoms. I have found that physical symptoms and ailments are often associated with a traumatic experience.

DSM IV criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

1. The person has been exposed to a traumatic event in which both of the following were present-:

  • The person experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others
  • The person’s response involved intense fear, helplessness, or horror

2. The traumatic event is persistently re-experienced in one (or more) of the following ways-:

  • Recurrent and intrusive distressing recollections of the event, including images, thoughts, and perceptions
  • Recurrent distressing dreams of the event
  • Acting or feeling as if the traumatic event were recurring
  • Intense psychological distress at exposure to internal or external cues that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event
  • Physiological reactivity on exposure to internal or external cues that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event

3. Avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma and numbing of general responsiveness (not present before the trauma), as indicated by three (or more) of the following-:

  • Efforts to avoid thoughts, feelings, or conversations associated with the trauma
  • Efforts to avoid activities, places, or people that arouse recollections of the trauma
  • Inability to recall an important aspect of the trauma
  • Markedly diminished interest or participation in significant activities
  • Feeling of detachment or estrangement from others
  • Restricted range of affect (e.g., unable to have loving feelings)
  • Sense of foreshortened future (e.g., does not expect to have a career, marriage, children or a normal life span)

4. Persistent symptoms of increased arousal (not present before the trauma) as indicated by two (or more) of the following-:

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Irritability or outbursts of anger
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Hypervigilance
  • Exaggerated startle response

5. Duration of the disturbance (symptoms in criteria 2, 3 and 4) is more than 1 month.

6. The disturbance causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

Amended June 2008 Crown Copyright 2010

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